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You are here: Contents > 2002 > Volume 11 Number 4 July 2002 > DEVICE EVALUATION > The Bovine Jugular Vein: A Totally Integrated Valved Conduit to Repair the Right Ventricular Outflow

The Bovine Jugular Vein: A Totally Integrated Valved Conduit to Repair the Right Ventricular Outflow

Thierry Carrel MD, Pascal Berdat MD, Mladen Pavlovic MD, Jean-Pierre Pfammatter MD

The early experience with a totally integrated valved conduit derived from a bovine jugular vein is reported; this has the advantage of there being no discontinuity between the lumen of the conduit and the valve it incorporates. A total of 22 Contegra valved conduits (12-22 mm) was inserted in the pulmonary valve position in patients with following pathologies: tetralogy of Fallot (n = 13), pulmonary atresia (n = 3), double outlet right ventricle with pulmonary stenosis (PS) (n = 3),

transposition of the great arteries, ventricular septal defect and PS (n = 2) and truncus arteriosus (n = 1). There was no mortality and no valved-conduit-related early morbidity. Intraoperative invasive assessment revealed a mean peak pressure increase of 8.5 ± 6.3 mmHg. This new valved conduit is an excellent immediate substitute of the pulmonary valve. Further data are required to confirm the durability and efficacy of this conduit in the long term.

The Bovine Jugular Vein: A Totally Integrated Valved Conduit to Repair the Right Ventricular Outflow

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